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How to Roast Chestnuts

Air Fryer Roasted Chestnuts

Of course, chestnuts roasting on an open fire would be better, but if like us you don't have one, an air fryer is the way to go! 

Quicker and cheaper energy-wise than roasting in the oven.

Roasted chestnuts pictured in a black bowl with sea salt.

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Enjoy with a glass of mulled wine to get into the festive spirit!

Top Tips for roasted chestnut success!

  • Put the flat side down on the cutting board. Using a sharp knife make an X score on the rounded side of the chestnut - be careful!
  • Always soak chestnuts before you air fry or oven cook them. This allows steam to release during the cooking process and makes them easier to peel.
  • Soak in warm water for 30 minutes to an hour before roasting.
  • After the nuts have roasted and are still piping hot, wrap them in kitchen foil for 5 minutes. 
  • Once cooked, sprinkle with a bit of sea salt - I always use Maldon sea salt

Warning!

They are seriously addictive, and you will not be able to stop at just one. Roasted chestnuts taste sweet and buttery. 

The texture is of a firm potato the flesh is pale golden yellow and sweet tasting.

How to roast chestnuts in an air fryer

After cutting a cross in each chestnut soak in warm water for at least 30 minutes to an hour.

Chestnuts soaking in water before roasting.

After soaking, drain the chestnuts.

Drain the chestnuts after soaking.

Power on and select air fry and preheat to 200°C (400°F) for 3 minutes or, depending on your air fryer until it has heated to temperature.

I used the Ninja Air Fryer Max AF160UK which doesn't auto-preheat.

Once heated put the chestnuts into the basket and add 2 tablespoons of water.  Set the time for 20 minutes, but you will need to shake the basket after 10 minutes.

Continue to cook for a further 5 minutes and check again. You might need to cook them for a further 5 minutes depending on the size of your chestnuts.

Mine took 15 minutes.

Chestnuts in an airfyer with a little water.

Once cooked they would have started to open. Not the best picture - sorry folks!

Air fryer roasted chestnuts.

Remove and wrap tightly in kitchen foil and leave for  5 minutes before eating.

Chestnuts wrapped in foil.

They should be easy to peel, be careful they will still be hot but that is when they are at their best.

Air fryer roasted chestnuts.

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Yield: 400g
Author: Jan Bennett
How to Roast Chestnut in an Air Fryer

How to Roast Chestnut in an Air Fryer

Quick and easy roasted chestnuts. Using an air fryer is far cheaper than cooking them in an oven.
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 18 MinInactive time: 30 MinTotal time: 50 Min

Ingredients

  • 400g (14oz) Chestnuts
  • sea salt - to sprinkle

Instructions

  1. Put the flat side down on the cutting board. Using a sharp knife make an X score on the rounded side of the chestnut - be careful!
  2. Important - soak the scored chestnuts in warm water for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Power on and select Air Fry and preheat to 200°C (400°F) for 3 minutes or, depending on your air fryer until it has heated to temperature.
  4. Once heated put the chestnuts into the basket and add 2 tablespoons of water. Set the time for 20 minutes, but you will need to shake the basket after 10 minutes.
  5. Continue to cook for a further 5 minutes and check again. You might need to cook them for a further 5 minutes depending on the size of your chestnuts. Mine took 15 minutes.
  6. Once cooked they would have started to open. Remove and wrap tightly in kitchen foil and leave for 5 minutes before eating. They should be easy to peel, be careful they will still be hot but that is when they are at their best.
  7. Sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy!
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